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Beware on Georgia's coast

In a recent column, Dick Yarbrough describes an ill-advised project proposed by Sea Island Acquisition on the south end of Sea Island. We'd like to share some supporting details and background on this issue.

May 12, 2014 | Special to the News | Opinion


Who does speaker represent?

Editor, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston's last update to Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission shows that he was just shy of $1 million in campaign donations. No doubt he went over $1 million in April 2014.

May 12, 2014 | | Opinion


No greater kindness than giving hope

Thousands of days - all those filled with clouds, rain, snow or sunshine - have passed since that time, yet the lesson sticks stubbornly to my heart.

May 12, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Woods is the one to lead Georgia's schools

Editor, No doubt, all Georgians are still concerned about the condition of our schools. In spite of the fact that we have many good schools and school systems, our state as a whole still faces many challenges.

May 10, 2014 | | Opinion


EPD changes put marshes at risk

When it comes to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, one might be justified in asking exactly what it is the agency is protecting these days.

May 09, 2014 | | Opinion


Talking politics and watching for spinach

I like to surround myself with those smarter than me. In my case, that's not hard to do. I could make a sack of rocks look like a Mensa meeting.

May 08, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


Buddy Carter is the right choice

Editor, When Buddy Carter was the mayor of Pooler, I was the city's financial officer. We worked together closely with the council and the city manager during those years as our small town grew to the bustling city that it is today.

May 08, 2014 | | Opinion


What it takes to be 'all in'

At Easter Sunday worship a few weeks ago, the preacher used the term "all in" while delivering his message to the several hundred people that had gathered on the beach for the early morning service.

May 06, 2014 | By Rich DeLong Columnist | Opinion


The justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government; the accumulation of power in the presidency; and the impact of money on the overall political process.

May 06, 2014 | By Lee Hamilton Columnist | Opinion


Stick to frugal roots when shopping

My husband, Tink, had been in Los Angeles for a week. The morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good, wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a homecooked meal.

May 06, 2014 | By Ronda Rich Columnist | Opinion


Is it all or nothing with junk?

I realize there's a fine line between making sure children eat healthy most of the time and being overly strict about every morsel of food they put in their mouths. As it turns out, I may not be doing a great job of walking that line.

May 06, 2014 | By Hollie Moore Barnidge Columnist | Opinion


Thanks for Easter Extravaganza

Editor, I personally want to thank the sponsors who made this year's Easter Extravaganza a success. We thank the Lord for parting the water, giving us the perfect break from the rain we needed.

May 05, 2014 | | Opinion


'Shall make no law' is pretty clear

With debate about your Second Amendment rights in the news recently, it's important to remember the principles behind these discussions.

May 02, 2014 | By Rep. Jack Kingston Special to the News | Opinion


Horses deserve better treatment

Editor, How many injured horses and hospitalized people will it take before cruel and dangerous carriage operations are banned? In cities that still allow these rides, horses have been hurt, people have been airlifted for emergency medical treatment and property has been damaged or destroyed - all in the last few months alone.

May 01, 2014 | | Opinion


Chip Rogers' 'dream job' at GPH goes 'poof'

The scene: The office of Teya Ryan, president of GPB.

May 01, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion


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More transparency needed, still

As lawmakers continue debating ethics and transparency in Georgia government, with the hourglass emptying fast on the 2013 session, yet another independent nonprofit think tank has given the state a less than encouraging grade.

July 08, 2014 | By Columbus Ledger-Enquirer | Opinion


Improving FOIA will make it easier for everyone to access gov't

Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune's Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the "pre-decisional" exemption, simply stating that the requested documents were "preliminary" communications and could thus be withheld. This misapplication was not an isolated incident. Agency use of this b(5) catch-all exemption has skyrocketed to more than 12 percent of all FOIA requests, often to prevent embarrassment or hide errors and failures–ignoring President Obama's clear instructions to the contrary ...

July 03, 2014 | By Nate Jones Special to the News | Opinion


His plate is home grown

I can and have assailed you with facts and figures on the economic importance of agriculture to this state, and I probably will again.

July 03, 2014 | By Don Gardner | Opinion


Georgia's role in fighting terrorism

On Sept. 11, 2001, our way of life in the United States changed forever.

July 03, 2014 | By Buddy Carter State Senator | Opinion


Be committed, achieve something

My husband and I sat watching a documentary celebrating the anniversary of the Freedom Riders. They were student advocates who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in 1961 and we could not help but notice the struggle of separatism still continues in many places in this country. On the one hand, the belief was that the fight was for equality, a right to have that which was given through the wording of the Constitution. But if we were to really take a close look, what was really being sought was respect.

July 02, 2014 | By Craig and Sharon Butts | Opinion


Dream big, America. Happy July 4

One of the great newspaper columnists of any era was Erma Bombeck, the humorist who enchanted readers for decades with her witty take on life in suburbia in a column that ran from the 1960s until her death in 1996.

July 02, 2014 | | Opinion


Help on the way for dealing with the humor-impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough Syndicated Columnist | Opinion


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